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How Long Does a Detox Last?

April 26, 2017

Like most things, a the effects and longevity of a detox vary depending on individual reactions, and also differ depending on the type of drug, or drink, a person is quitting. A detox is, by definition, the detoxification of the body in order to break free of alcoholism or drug dependency.

In short, because there are so many aspects to consider, there is no absolute answer as to how long a detox will last, but the typical time frame rests between 5 and 14 days.

The duration of the detox can be affected by the following:

  • Type of addiction: Alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines
  • Addiction history: How long have you been addicted?
  • Severity of addiction: How much do you consume/take on a regular basis?
  • Patient’s health: Pregnancy, post-pregnancy, mental health issues, behavioral issues, etc.
  • Patient’s needs: Emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual factors

To better understand the factors that contribute to the time frame of any given person’s detoxification program, we’ve broken down the various important aspects of a detox that effect the time frame.

Effects of a Detox

While the symptoms of a detoxification are different in each individual, there are some typical side effects that are more common. For alcohol detox, many patients experience headaches, nausea, tremors, and mood swings. They may also feel anxious, and could experience delirium, sweating, agitation, insomnia, and possibly hallucinations or seizures.

In a drug detox, patients could experience sweating, agitation, anxiety, muscle pains, watery eyes, runny nose, and insomnia. Each addiction changes likely detox symptoms, for example opioid detox may cause increased sensitivity to pain while stimulant, cathinone and ketamine detoxes may cause depression.

The severity of symptoms in a detox can never be guaranteed, which is why it is important to seek professional help and guidance through your detox. At Turning Point, Inc. our program is medically managed and monitored around the clock, ensuring the health and safety of our patients 24/7.

What to Expect

The process leading to a detox is quite simple, especially at Turning Point, Inc.. Our caring staff is dedicated to making the process as easy as possible so that each of our patients can get on the road to recovery. The admission process leading to detox will begin with the following:

  1. Assessment
  2. Clearance from nursing department
  3. Patient is escorted to their facility
  4. The medication process begins

After these 4 steps are taken care of, patients will begin their detox at a set pace specifically designated for their needs, depending on individual circumstances.

We encourage you to take your first step toward a dependency-free life, today. Contact our professional staff and request admission to Turning Point, Inc..

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